CUNY participates in the Direct Loan Program where students borrow directly from the federal government. Just like any other loan, these loans must be repaid with interest. 

There are two types of Federal Direct Student Loans: the Unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan and the Federal Graduate Plus Loan. Students at the Graduate Center may also be offered the Federal Perkins Loan. Information about these loans follows and can also be found at the Federal Student Aid link to the right.

Federal Direct Unsubidized Loan

Amount:  Graduate Students can borrow up to $20,500
Interest:  6.0% interest rate for graduate students (effective July 1, 2017; Rates on new loans change each July 1).
Fee:  1.069% origination fee (effective October 1, 2016; For loans where the first disbursement is made on or after October 1, 2017 the loan fee is 1.066%. Fees are subject to change in the fall). 
Enrollment:  Student must maintain at least half-time enrollment status (at least 6 credits). 
Other Information:  Federal Direct Unsubsidized/Grad Plus Loan Request Form is required. First-time Direct Loan borrowers must complete an online Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling before receiving loan funds. Exit Counseling is required when students graduate or drop below half-time. 
Federal Direct Graduate Plus Loan
Federal Perkins Loan
Private Loan